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For updates about COVID-19 at Clark, please visit the Healthy Clark Dashboard.

General

Yes. All members of the Clark community are required to wear masks and follow all social distancing protocol for preventing the spread of COVID-19, including those who have already had the virus or received the vaccination.

A student who test positive will be moved to isolation housing for 14 days and will be checked on daily by Clark Health Services and the Department of Public Health. If a student’s medical condition worsens, they will be transferred to UMass Memorial Hospital for additional care.

Clark maintains a Healthy Clark Dashboard, which is updated daily with key metrics, including the number of positive cases on campus. Regular email communications also are being sent to families. If you are not receiving these communications, please contact us at dos@clarku.edu.

Quarantine, Isolation, and Medical Care

Students should limit their contact with others, including family members, as much as possible during the 14-day pre-arrival quarantine period. We encourage students to wear masks and social distance within the home during this time.

We recognize that a period of isolation and quarantine is stressful for students. The Dean of Students Office, Student Leadership and Programming, Health Services, University Police, and Dining Services, to name a few, work hard to meet our students’ needs and address individual concerns as we are made aware of them. Staff members personally reach out to students throughout their time in quarantine and isolation housing to offer academic and mental health support when students need it. Clark will continue to provide support to students this spring when and for students in quarantine and isolation.

In addition, there have been meetings held to discuss student concerns surrounding Q&I housing and there are proposed changes for updating meal options, availability of essential supplies in those spaces, and the expedition of testing schedules, and among other things. We welcome student feedback and suggestions on ways we can continue to improve the quarantine and isolation housing experience.

The Healthy Clark Dashboard number reflects students who are in Clark-provided quarantine and isolation spaces only. These are dedicated locations in campus apartment-style housing that allow for Clark to house students who have tested positive as well as students needing to quarantine based on close contact with a person who has tested positive. These spaces are used for students who cannot quarantine elsewhere — for example, at home. Students whose homes are within driving distance of Clark are instructed to return there to quarantine or isolate. Also, the total number of positive cases may include staff and faculty, who must quarantine at home.

Student Support Services

  • The Center for Counseling and Personal Growth (CPG) will continue to offer telehealth appointments for registered Clark students who live in Massachusetts. Appointments may be made for Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., by calling 508-793-7678.
  • All students, no matter where they are located, may access CPG After Hours on weekends and between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. EST. Call 508-793-7678; select option 2.
  • If you are experiencing a mental health emergency during our non-business hours, please contact 911 or University Police (x7575) or go to your local emergency room.

Check out these resources:

  • Clark University Police: Extension 7575 on campus or 508-793-7575 off campus
  • UMASS Memorial Medical Center Emergency Mental Health (EMH) Services: 508-344-3562
  • Community Healthlink Mental Health Emergency Hotline: 1-866-549-2142
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK
  • National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE
  • Samaritans: 1-877-870-4673
  • Pathways for Change 24-hour hotline (sexual assault): 1-800-870-5905
  • Crisis Text Line: Text “GO” to 741-741

Testing

Students will receive a mail kit based on the arrival and opening day for campus. Off-campus students living in apartments can use Clark’s testing facility to get a pre-arrival test. If students living at home also can come to campus for a test, and return home.

At this time, our plan is to ask students using the campus testing center to test every three days. More information will be forthcoming once an on-campus schedule is finalized.

Current Department of Public Health guidance is to avoid testing for 90 days after a positive test result. When a member of the community tests positive, Clark works with health care professionals to determine the appropriate date that person should resume testing and they’ll receive reminders accordingly. Students should write to COVID-19-Testing@clarku.edu if they test positive so appropriate arrangements can be made. Anyone who has tested positive for COVID will be expected to follow all safety protocols such as mask wearing and social distancing.

Vaccinations

Massachusetts guidelines on the flu vaccine requirement have changed as of January 15. Students will no longer be required by the state of Massachusetts to receive the flu vaccine. However, it is still recommended students be vaccinated for the flu before returning to campus.

According to the state’s rollout plans, vaccinations for students would not be available until April at the earliest.

No decision has been made on a requirement for a COVID vaccine.